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… Still Alive

Sooo I’m back!  I was gone for a couple weeks there… but it’s time for another post, just to catch you all up on exciting things that have been happening and to let you know that i’m still alive.    I have been going through some major life changes… AGAIN.  Every time things get crazy, and I feel like I can’t get a grip, things decide to get even crazier!  Which is fine, I’m accustomed to chaos.  It’s probably why I have to make so much art….Creating things is sort of how I process all the nonsense and energy that flies around my head.   Anywho, i’ll keep all the personal details offline, but in short… No I will spare you ALL the details.   Lets talk about art.

For starters, this piece “Silver Dust and Pepper” is available at the Potters Wife Gallery.   Click the image for more details.

Silver Dust and Pepper

Also, Many of you have contributed to my ceramics class and access to the studios, the class ends at the end of the month and I will be firing and packing everyone’s goodie boxes.   Here’s a sneak peek of some of the larger pieces I have been able to work on.  Thanks Again everyone who has donated to my cause, here are two of the pieces I have been able to make with your help.  I will upload photos of all the pieces online as soon as They are finished.

Drying up a baby cabbage and an evil giraffe.

Lets see what else is new and exciting.  OH.  I have added some mini prints to my etsy shop.  I have a few cuties available, and a couple originals too.  I’ve tried to keep all the little prints under $10.oo


The original is available at the MF Gallery.

Okay, that is all for now, I am and will be super busy packing and moving for a couple weeks so bare with me and I’ll try to post as often as I can.  I’m starting a new body of work so lots of paintings are coming!

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Merbabes of Marshmallow Cove limited edition print

  Good News Friends!  For seven days only you can get a print of “Merbabes of Marshmallow Cove” through 1xRun.

Click here to check it out for yourself!


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Snag them up because when they are gone they are gone forever!!! xoxo

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Cat Party! Walker Art Center Cat Vid Fest 2013

(Photo from Katie Carpenter)

(Photo from Katie Carpenter)

Sooo…. “Cat Vid Fest” or should I say “#catvidfest”…  Where do I start.  Well, I guess i’ll start by saying I was convinced that I was a cat until about first grade.   Luckily my understanding of social ques kicked in before it became psychologically damaging.   My first treasured companion was my childhood cat “Meeseball” who was followed by many other awesome feline friends.   Now I understand that I was never a cat, but instead cats just turned out to be hairy humans…I had it all backwards.     Anywho, CATS, I was extremely lucky to be able to do a live painting at the Walker Art Center’s Cat Video Festival on Wednesday.   It was a mega blast of cat fortified fun.    Animal Planet sponsored the event, and they streamed it live on their site.   You can see the videos that were featured right here.  Hasbro provided Gold and Silver cat awards for Cat Vid Fest that were  fittingly modeled after the new Monopoly piece which is, naturally, a cat.  Peace out iron… I am extremely impressed by all the work that went on behind the scenes to put this crazy event together and the Walker Art Center did a Stellar job making the Cat Vid Fest awesome, entertaining and just plain fun. 

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The Minnesota State Fair is the BEST state fair. (Photo from VitaMN)

Here's the painting I finished at the event.

Here’s the painting I finished at the event.

(Another Photo from VitaMN)

Things really got going when the Cat Videos started! (Another Photo from VitaMN)

It was a HOT day.  Hot is an understatement.  Of course, that wasn’t too big of an issue because no amount of sweltering heat can keep die hard cat video fans away from a party like this.    Around 6:00pm, people started flooding in with gusto.  Some people were decked out to the nines in cat gear.  I really enjoyed the large demographic of different kinds of people that attended the event.   A whole bunch of people stopped by my painting tent to say hi and talk cats and art!  (Thank you!!!)  It really goes to show that for some magical reason, cat videos seem to bring all sorts of people together, because, whether its public or private you can’t deny watching at least one of these cat videos.  Even if you aren’t a cat person, the videos are  amusing and fun, only those with hearts of steel won’t crack a smile at the cat in the shark suit riding the roomba… and why is there a duck walking around?  And the dog wears a shark suit too?   You don’t have to be a mega cat fan to enjoy this event.  The concept of Cat Vid Fest is kind of simple and whimsical, but sooo SMART, ingenious really, and of course its exceptionally silly.   It is cute and sort of dumb, but in a good way… If that makes sense.   It doesn’t seem like Cat Vid Fest is just about cat videos, but more so about the experience of watching the videos with thousands of strangers, meeting other cat people, and waving your freak flag with strangers.    Koo Koo Kanga Roo provided a punchy, pun-riddled sound track and the majestic carved Butter Cat (carved by Linda Christensen) was thoroughly enchanting.    At the end of the night, I got to meet Lil Bub, which was really cool.  She’s a tiny alien babe, sent from space to make you feel happy.   Plus, she has an attractive brain-washed dude that carries her around and does her bidding.  I’m not going to post the picture of myself with Bub because I look really cracked out after painting all day in the Hot Hot Heat.   I will secretly cherish it forever… So instead, here’s my favorite video shared at the event.   I feel really blessed to have been able to be part of Cat Vid Fest 2013, it was an awesome experience from the perspective of both an artist and a cat enthusiast, I was really blown away.  The overall silliness and happy energy of Cat Vid Fest left me swooning for more, so much that I actually went out for more cats the next day. 

This is me looking really derpy.  (Photo from Surry Elle, Animal Planet)

This is me looking really DERPY. (Photo from Surry Elle, Animal Planet)

(photo from @ibran on instagram)

(photo from @ibran on instagram)

On the 29th, the day after Cat Vid Fest,  the creator of Henri, le chat noir (William Braden), Lil Bub, and Grumpy Cat (Aka Tardar Sauce)  were signing their books from 2-5pm at the Walker Art Center.   I wasn’t planning on going but I spontaneously decided to take Vincent and see if I could have “the cats” autograph some books to him.  Got there around 1:30 and were lucky we did because the place filled up fast.  If you have ever had to stand in a long line, in a museum, with a two year old, you don’t need me to tell you that its a good thing we got there a little early.   I was shocked because by 2, the place was overwhelmingly packed!   I haven’t gone to a book signing before, it’s not really my thing to swoon for celebrities (Celebrity Cats are another story, obviously!),  but I really wanted Vin to get a little taste of cat… not literally of course… although he did get a good taste of Lil Bub in the form of a kiss.     He got to see the “Mow Mows” and got his little books and we was so very excited when Lil Bub reached out a few times and bumped noses with him.  The whole ride home we was saying “Mommy Kitty nose kiss” and “Mow Mow kiss Nose”   We also checked out the Abraham Cruzvillegas Exhibition which was very interesting and it deserves its own post.  It was Vincent’s first real museum exhibition experience outside of the MIA.

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Vin almost got a booger on the Bub....

Vin almost got a booger on the Bub….

A grumpy cat inspection

A grumpy cat inspection

I hope you don’t think this is the last cat post i’ll be making because Spoke Art is about to have a really awesome Lil Bub themed exhibition opening coming up  that will be part of Lil’ Bub’s book tour.  The show will be shown along  side Casey Weldon’s “Meow Brow” solo show.  He’s awesome go check him out!  We featured one of his awesome pieces in the Sweet Hot Mess show.    Stay tuned to see my Lil Bub piece for the show very soon!

And lastly, my show at Auguste Clown Gallery runs through the 5th!  The work is available to view or purrrrchase right here and there are a few paintings remaining!  🙂

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Help from You. :)

Hello again friends.

(Flower Sculpture, soon to be available at Auguste Clown Gallery)

(Flower Sculpture, soon to be available at Auguste Clown Gallery)

Sorry I haven’t posted much lately, I’ve been pretty busy shipping lots of work out.  I’m pretty excited to let you all know that my Solo exhibition at the Auguste Clown Gallery in Melbourne, Australia opens up this month!  Lots of new paintings to see there.  More on that (with pictures!!) later.   That excitement aside, Right now I am calling upon friends, family and strangers to help me get my learn on.  I’m going through some major life changes, both personal and professional, and i’m making some drastic moves to improve and strengthen my skills and broaden my horizons.    I have been taking some classes with the financial aid of strangers, friends, and family.   I cannot afford full classes at a school so I am pursuing independent classes.   As a “self taught” artist (I don’t like the term self taught, more on that later as well…), I have hit a wall where I have exhausted my resources and I cannot teach myself any more with the tools I have.  My solution to this is to source education through various classes and independent studies.  My first class has finished and now I am trying to raise the funds for my second class.  This is where you come in!  😉  I am trying to raise 250.00 for an advanced and sculpting ceramics class and ceramics studio access.   I would like to build up the 3 dimensional side of my portfolio.  (Yes, I sculpt things sometimes…)  Unfortunately as a young mother and emerging career artist, it is difficult for me to delegate money to these endeavors as the cost of raising a child and producing and shipping my work is already huge.    But, if I can raise enough, I will have access to a clay studio and Kiln which will be super great for the production of new work and I’ll get to do some learning, experimenting and producing…

Basically, I’m canvassing you.  (sorry) I’ve never been super good at asking for help… But I’m going to get over myself and just do it.

Here’s the Deal:  You donate $50.00 to my cause, and when my class is over, I will send you a ceramic surprise (with some other goodies) worth equal or more than $50.00 along with a signed certificate and thank you note.    This is a cool way to help me out and to get your hands on a signed original ceramic piece of my choosing plus some desirable freebees.  I can’t say exactly what i’ll be making until the inspiration strikes, but I promise I won’t send anything out unless I feel that its absolutely magical.  😀

How To Donate:

1.  Send me an email to

2.  I will send you a request via paypal for $50.00USD.

3.  Then you can immediately feel awesome for donating to my cause.

4.  Then in October, (or maybe even sooner) when the class ends I will contact you and send your piece (Shipping is on me!!)

I have been extremely fortunate to have such a loyal and awesome group of fans, patrons, strangers and family that have helped me to move forward with my independent studies this year through random donations.  I just want to thank you for being here on my blog.   Please know I hugely appreciate each one of you.   I appreciate your time and I thank you for supporting my work and artistic endeavors   Shine on you crazy diamonds!  Please feel free to share! (Insert psycho face)

I’ve also finally added the patches to my web shop!  YAAAY patches.  They are cotton iron on patches designed from my water color illustrations.  You can put them on lots of different materials from leather to wood and I have lots of different designs, or you can get a deal on the 4 pack!    There are also a few zipper pouches.  I have a very limited number of zipper pouches so it’s not likely that I’m going to have more of them.  Snag them up!



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As of Late

Its busy as usual here in the candy factory and i’m sharing a few peeks at the things i’ve been working on.   I’m wrapping up a bunch of projects and I am more than excited to start the next projects.  Also, for all of you who are waiting for commission dolls, I’ve been doing lots of face plates and i’m almost done!  I haven’t forgotten any of you!  😉

Here's one of 7 Blythe Dolls I'm working on at the moment. This girl is for a trade. She has rainbow freckles but this photo is just from my phone.

Here’s one of 7 Blythe Dolls I’m working on at the moment. This girl is for a trade. She has rainbow freckles but this photo is just from my phone and it does no justice to her true colors.

This piece just sold at Modern Eden and I’ll have a few more flower girls at my upcoming solo show at the Auguste Clown Gallery. Can’t wait to show you all my new work for the show!

Here’s a flower girl in progress.


This isn’t my photo, but I’m sooo inspired by these kitschy Easter lamb chocolates. I have a similar mold and I’m thinking it would be nice to make some “magic” chocolate lambs!  They are from Bottega Louie…


(Also not by photo, but I’m head over heels for these guys right now!)

And lastly, I'm sort of in love with this wedge from Jeffrey Campbell.  If you want to buy them for me, I would be OK with that.  Just Sayin' ...

And lastly, speaking of heels, I’m sort of in love with this wedge from Jeffrey Campbell. If you want to buy them for me, I would be OK with that. Just Sayin’ …

Ok folks, that’s all for now, and if you are not yet following me on instagram (@rudyfig) yet, please come find me for all the juicy details on all the juicy things i’m juicing on.   That sounded gross.

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Banana Split Ladies at Leanna Lin’s Wonderland!!



Hi everyone!  I have been getting a lot of inquiries on where the new work is… and its HERE!  At Leanna Lin’s Wonderland for the Campy Crush art show: Banana Split Ladies!    I have three new 11×14 in paintings in custom frames available at this opening.  Not in Los Angeles?  That’s OK, you can see them HERE.

I am honored to be part of this show with other artists:  Esther Kim, Wishcandy, Ambird, Elisa Sassi, Fawn Fruits, Super Secret Pow Wow, Melissa Contreras.  YAY.


“Moss Nymph” Oil on Panel, 11x14in + frame, $500.00

“Nebula Dreamer” Oil on Panel, 11×14 + frame, $500.00



Visit Leanna Lin’s Wonderland to see all these lovely pieces!

Anywho!  If your in LA I highly recommend bopping in to see this show.  I think my favorite pieces are the ones by WishCandy.  So dreamy and strange!!  Thanks for tuning in friends.  I’ll be posting again soon!  I’m about to get the Meatbug in daycare which means I wont be stretched so thing and I will have more time for things like blogging.  Excited!

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OOPS! Sale …

Somewhere between making deadlines and chasing my 17 month old, I seem to have forgotten to wash my paintbrushes and they all crustified.  OH NO!!  So I’m selling some little colored illustrations for only 100.00 and under each in my shop.   (If your new to the world of artwork collecting, that’s a great deal for an original)   These have all been taken from my personal sketchbooks and are all signed.  Everyone who buys one will also receive a postcard and a hand written thank You note!   All funds from these drawings will go directly to buying some much needed new paint brushes.  DERP.    Paintbrushes are very important in my little world.  The illustrations are India ink fine tip pen, gouache and colored pencil.  You can Visit my shop by click the images below or click HERE.


“Hex Girl” is looking for a home!


“The Braid”

I have also added some postcard sets to my shop and I’ll have stickers and tote bags soon.  YAY!  What else do you guys want to see in my shop??


“Day Dreamer”

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More Live Painting.

I know, I haven’t updated in a while!  It’s been very crazy around here.   I do have some photos to share from a live paint I did a few weekends ago at the Skyway theater in downtown Minneapolis.  Twas fun on a bun.  I like doing live paints because you get giant free canvas, free drinks and you get to meet fun people!    (I didn’t take these photos, they popped up on facebook from CEMphoto and Taylor Byykkonen, If i forgot to credit anyone for photos let me know!!)

I had asked what people wanted to see and they said “Mermaid” and “waffles” … so I went with mermaids.   It took me about 4 hours to cover the whole canvas because  I kept getting distracted by chocolate covered bacon and strawberries…  because i’m a heathen. 

75999_573309759346590_602440493_nIn Minneapolis and looking for Live Painting??  *Coughcough*  

48127_519918021392966_1996523763_nOh right I should mention the event was a Rave Masquerade…

Anywho, that’s that.  I’ll post again soon!

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Frame Hunting!

This was a headboard for a bed.

This was a headboard for a bed.

OKAY.  So a ton of people have asked me where I find the frames that I use for my work.   Here is a list of my frame hunting sources.    IF you want to find the good frames and don’t have a regular source, you should make frame hunting a normal part of your routine.

First:  Before you start your frame hunt, you need to know what it is that you are looking for.  What style of frame fits your work the best.   Do you have a sleek, modern aesthetic, or maybe something crazy and Nouveau would better suit your work?  Also, before you start, remember that if you take your work in to be framed professionally, it is likely that you will spend a pretty penny, don’t skimp on cheapo frames, it will show.  I learned this the hard way so take my advice and treat your work the way you want to be treated- with a nice frame.    Set a budget ahead of time, after a few years of frame hunting, you will be able to tell what frames are worth like a pro, but for now, watch your wallet, but at the same time, don’t be afraid to shell out a little extra cash for that PERFECT antique 3 panel vintage amiore mirror, it is not likely that you’ll come across it again.  Also, remember that sometimes older pieces need to be fixed up before you can use them, so that will cost a little bit of money too.  Also, if you work on paper, definitely matte your work.  It makes a huge difference.  If you are a painter, you generally won’t need glass over your piece.

Also, when you see frames, try to visualize them in other colors, you can repaint and refinish frames that you find, so don’t poopoo something if you like the style and but the color.  You can even modernize vintage pieces and give antique finishes to newer pieces, so pretend all the frames you see are grey.

Here's a little rococo style frame...

Here’s a tiny little rococo style frame… Sorry about the bad phone pics!

Craigslist:  Give it a whirl.  But be careful, craigslisters can be creepy.  I’ve found a ton of great frames on craigslist.

Ebay:  About half of my frames I use,  I find on ebay.  Yep, it’s true.  A lot of them start out as mirrors, I chuck/recycle the mirror and then use the frame.  I have a few keywords I use in my searches that help me narrow down and find the specific styles I need.  After some searching, you’ll see which ones you like and which ones you don’t and you can make your own list of keywords to use in your searches.  You can save your searches so you can check them the next week.  I do a frame hunt on ebay every couple weeks.  The nice thing about ebay is that its contents are constantly cycling, so there’s always going to be something you haven’t seen yet if you are willing to take the time search.


Found these plastic frames for only 4.00!

Estate Sales:   Old people have the best stuff!  I love estate sales, one time I found a HUGE hand stretched, linen  gallery profile canvas for like 20 bucks at an estate sale.   But, that is besides the point, at about half of the estate sales I’ve been to, there has been a decent assortment of frames/mirrors.  The other cool thing about estate sales is that you can usually haggle.  I one time found a HUGE museum style  baroque frame for 45.00, which would have been at least 400.00 if it had been purchased new.  Also, Beware of Fondue pots, estate sales are riddled with them.  It’s cute, but are you really going to use it?  NO!

Bought these with Mermaids in mind....

Bought these with Mermaids in mind….

Sometimes if your lucky:  Occasionally you’ll run into an old syrocco frame at a garage sale or second hand store, it doesn’t happen often, but you never know what you will find.  The second hand stores in my area are always picked over and garage sales are a total hit or miss.  I didn’t want to leave it off the list though because it can happen.

Mirrors:  Mirrors make awesome frames for paintings.  Just Sayin’.  Antique dresser mirrors are the best thing ever.  Ever.

Tell People:  My close friends and family keep an eye out for frames on my behalf.   The frame game is hit or miss, so sometimes while your missing, a friend will hit.   On many occasions I’ve had people come to my door with frames.  It is great!

(This started out as a mirror)

(This started out as a mirror)

Obviously:  Be ready to wrestle rusty nails and non shatterproof glass out of crusty old frames.  Be careful.  Use tools, not your hands.  Spring for the expensive nail polish if you don’t want to chip your nails.  If you can’t remove glass from a mirror and breaking it out is your only hope of removing it, put it in a garbage bag first and then smash it up, that way you won’t have a shardy mess of shimmering death to deal with.


I hand painted this plastic frame, Took a little longer than expected….

Before you Repaint:  If you are going to paint an old frame with gesso work or ornate details, clean it up first so you don’t get bubbles and crusties in your paint.   Use a a cotton swab to clean out all the nooks and crannies.   If you’re fixing up something fragile,  KEEP IN MIND that it will be hanging on a wall and it needs to be able to support the weight of itself as well as the weight of your work.  Prime before spray painting.  Don’t work in a dusty area.   You can whitewash and antique your frames with a rough bristle brush or you can leave them as they are.  Crackle paint them, gold leaf them, make ’em black, so whatever you want. The options are endless.  


Ebay Finds… All of these started as mirrors…

TIP:  If you have a round or unusual shaped frame, remember to keep the glass or paper insert so you can trace it when its time to prepare your canvas/panel/paper.

Cracks and chunks: Fix cracks with epoxy putty or bondo.  Be sure to sand and refinish when your done an no one will know!  IF an old gesso frame is missing chunks, you can actually make molds and replace them.  I’ll post more about that another day.

Another Tip:  If you think it looks like shit, other people will probably think it looks like shit.  Do not hang your art in a gallery if you think the frame looks like shit.  Your better off with a simple frame than with a DIY antique frame that isn’t cutting it.  If edges of your work are showing because the frame is to shallow, for the love of god please at least paint them black so they are hidden against the wall.

Good Luck on your frame hunting journey friends.  I hope this has answered questions and helped someone.

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Flash Sale and Giveaways!!


I have lots of surprises this week!  For starters, I am having a flash sale in my shop with lots of work as well as a special, very affordable series of mini-drawings that I am calling the “Petit Four Series”  each piece is only 30.00 and will come with a signed and numbered proof of authenticity.   There are only 15 Petit Fours so you’ll want to act fast.  I never sell drawings at this price, so now is your chance if you want an original.  Click Here to snag yours before they’re gone!


And Now for the Giveaways!  There are a few ways you can win a free piece of art.  I’ll be giving away two graphite drawings and 3 Petit Four drawings this week.   Here are 3 ways you can enter the giveaway:

1) I’ll have one giveaway HERE on my facebook fanpage.  All you have to do is like the post (it is an image labed “like and Share”), be a fan and share it on your page and you will automatically be entered for a chance to win a free drawing.  There are 2 graphite/Charcoal drawings available.  I will notify the winners via personal message at the end of the week.


2)  I will also be giving away a Petit Four Mini Drawing on Instagram.  Find me on instagram (@Rudyfig) and you’ll see my photo post about the giveaway.  All you have to do is like it and your automatically entered to win.  Winner will be notified in the comments at the end of the week.

3) And Lastly everyone who buys something from my etsy shop this week is automatically entered to win a large free print of my piece “Delusions of Loneliness”   Easy as Pie!

I’m super excited to share lots of art this week!

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